By making a contribution to support Leonardo Academy’s Environmental and Sustainability work, you are doing your part to help support environmental improvement and sustainability now and for future generations.
U.S. agriculture is ready to lead the nation in defining sustainability. Agriculture is the original green economy, the foundation on which this country was built, and a vital source of sustenance to people in the United States and around the world.
As we grapple with unprecedented challenges - climate change, natural resource constraints, an ever growing population, and the plight of rural communities - it has become clear that U.S. agriculture must determine how to meet agricultural production demands sustainably.
Toward this end, a historic process is now taking place to develop an American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture. Following internationally recognized guidelines set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the most diverse group of agricultural stakeholders ever assembled has convened to define sustainable agriculture in the U.S., for the benefit of all.
Our goal is to deliver a completed standard for crop production in 2010, which U.S. farm operations can put to immediate use. The ANSI process is open, collaborative, and transparent - and welcomes any individual or organization with a material interest in agriculture. ANSI standards have proven successful across many industries and issues, producing literally hundreds of voluntary standards, including ISO 14000 (Environmental Management Systems), ISO 9000 (Quality Management Systems), and ISO 26000 (Social Responsibility). In contrast to many other standards-setting processes, Leonardo Academy Standards Committee members do not generally pay fees or dues to take part in the ANSI process, which makes it easier for organizations and individuals with varying resources to participate.
This standards-setting development effort thus relies on the generous contributions of individuals and organizations who share a commitment to U.S. agriculture, rural communities and environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
With your donations, we will:
Your tax-deductible contribution will go into Leonardo Academy's general fund to support the development of the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard. You may also direct your donation to support a specific Sustainable Agriculture Standard activity.
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